A new (very exciting) chapter !

Hello, lovelies!

It’s time to share something very exciting with you today!

I think all of you know that I love writing. I have had ideas to write short stories and novels and accumulated them for two years straight, not having written any of them. I wanted to change that, but it didn’t feel right to use this blog for that. And that’s why I created a new WordPress blog where I am planning to post all of my stories:

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I posted my first short story today! It’s called The green-eyed girl.

I really want to know what you think of it, I’m super curious! And if you enjoyed it, definitely share it with your loved ones 😉 😉

Here is a little sneak peek!

At the museum, Neville was finally at rest. It had been a long time since he was able to hear his own thoughts without any car honks or construction sounds in the background. Right there, in the art museum, it was quiet. As quiet as London could be, anyway.

He walked through the first exposition, eying the nineteenth-century paintings. The finest paintings were created in that century if you would ask him. An exalted painting hanging right in front of him caught his attention. Hypnotised by its grandeur, he moved towards the artwork.  His eyes moved across every detail, noticing every brush stroke the painter had made. Much to Neville’s surprise, he didn’t recognise its creator. The little plaque under the painting told him the girl on the canvas was Princess Tarakanova, painted by Konstantin Flavitsky. The woman had been an impostor to the Russian throne. At 32 years old she was captured and killed. Legend says she had faked her death, only to die of drowning two years later.

‘I don’t believe she lived after she was captured. I think she died right there, unable to escape the iron fists that had caught her.’ The woman next to him noted. He didn’t remove his eyes from the painting. He didn’t need to, he recognised her voice straight away. ‘It’s up to us to decide whether we want to believe we can escape our superiors. Anyway, we tend to choose to believe what makes us feel least guilty.’ He answered.

Continue reading: Read it here.

Thank you so much for your support over the years!

I’ll talk to you soon! Liesje (1)

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My high school experience (and my 100th post!)

Hello, sweeties!

In a few days, I will be a student at the University of Ghent, starting my bachelor in English and Spanish! My time at high school is officially over. For a moment, I didn’t even realise it would ever end. My time being underage will soon be over as well. It makes me feel weird. 

I can’t wait to start school, but I’m walking away from a life that I was very comfortable in. It’s a good thing that changes, though. Challenges are good. But stepping out of my comfort zone will never feel easy.

In the past couple of months, people have been telling me that life is only beginning. That’s not hard to believe because I have been living in a small village since I was little. For the first time, I’ll be spending most of my time in a big city. I’m trying not to expect too much, but this is going to be such a big change in my life, I can’t help but expect something. We’ll see how it goes!

The past six years I attended school in a village in Belgium. There, I learned a lot about myself. I’ve grown into the person I am today, and I am proud to say that I like her. High school and puberty are challenging times for any teenager, and they sure challenged me.

selflove 1I learned to stand up for myself, to be proud of my differences and to be kind to everyone, even though they aren’t nice to me.

I learned a lot from being kind. You discover beauties of life you would never notice otherwise.

I don’t think people realise how much effect a nice deed can have. It’s true a lot of horrible things make the news fast, and it’s easy to feel bad about it. But, when you see someone being nice, doesn’t that make you automatically motivated to do something friendly as well? 

In high school, I discovered my love for the human mind. I’m fascinated by human behaviour and the link between personality and a person’s life experiences. Maybe that’s why I love crime so much, to learn about making killers, and how psychopaths are created. I’ll admit, this interest might seem a little odd. I can’t help it, haha. I even considered studying psychology, but I followed my gut instinct and went for English and Spanish. I like literature and history a little bit better. And often art is linked to the artist’s personality, so I’m not loosing anything really. I’m still thinking about studying psychology after I get my masters, though.

Selflove 2Yet, I haven’t done anything major that would secure my future. Hell, I’m only seventeen, but still, I feel an urge to start doing things that matter. It’s my dream to go to Africa to volunteer and help children there.

I’ve dealt with some struggles trying to discover who I am.  I tried several hobbies which I have also quit. I don’t feel good about quitting, but I know now that they didn’t really fit me. But I’m also someone who loves staying at home too much. The university in Ghent offers a lot of extracurricular activities, and I’m sure I’ll take part in at least one of them.

I was terribly shy when I started high school. I had a death fear of speaking in front of the class. And I would’ve never believed it then, but I got over that fear. Maybe not entirely, but my heart is not pounding in my throat anymore, and I’m able to sleep the night before my presentation. I just needed to realise that I’m not the only one having to go in front of the class, and definitely not the only one disliking it. Everything seems so much easier when you know you’re not alone.

Selflove 3I’ve met people who turned up to become terrific friends of mine and some other that were not so kind. I can’t say that I’ve suffered a lot from it because I realised soon enough that we wouldn’t be friends. So, I stepped away from them. I’m glad I learned to do that from an early age. There is nothing more toxic than surrounding yourself with the wrong kinds of people. It wasn’t easy at first, though.

I didn’t find romance in high school. And, I don’t feel bad it. When I do get in a relationship, I want it to mean something from the start.

And while it might feel weird sometimes to never having had a boyfriend, it has made me stronger. I’m not afraid to tell people about it, I am not ashamed. I have always been able to just focus on myself and only that. I know what my values are. Being dependant on someone is not something I want to be. Definitely as a female, I want that message to be loud and clear. I love to be able to live on my own.

I hope that whoever might read this gets that everyone follows its own path. There are no instructions on how to lead a ‘perfect’ life. Whatever that might even be. Listen to yourself, don’t pressure yourself into something so that you can appear normal to others. What’s the most important is that you can respect and accept yourself by the choices you made that are 100% true to yourself.

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These are the most important things I learned from my years in high school. I hope that people who are young and growing up – just like me – can take away some of the things I said in this post. I wanted to make this to let you know you are not alone and worth as much as anyone else on this earth. And if you are every struggling with something and you want someone to talk to, you can always come to me. Even if it’s just to talk, send me an email, or message me on social media. The links are in my About Me page.

And on that note, I say goodnight! I’ve been studying Spanish for the past three weeks, and I have been going out as well so some good night rest will work wonders.

For everyone who is reading this at night; sweet dreams! (and if not, have a nice day!)

Thank you so much for reading! Liesje (1)

The things that make me happy

Hello, lovelies!

How are you doing?

I’ve been feeling very happy. One night right before I went to sleep, I wondered what exactly made feel so content and comfortable. After a couple of minutes, I realised that I created a whole list of people/activities/books/movies/etc that inspired me.

That’s exactly what I’m going to talk about today. I hope you’ll enjoy it!


Being creative

A lot of people in this community are very creative. They inspire me to push myself to pursue my creative urges as well. Sometimes I don’t seem to be able to make time to be writing or painting. I forget that it makes me very happy. Being creative makes me feel very fulfilled and motivated to do other things (such as cleaning my room, can you believe it?).

I am not someone who shares much of my creative feelings. People know I love doing it, but I rarely show it to them. Lately, I’ve been busy redecorating my room. I have never been so excited to be at my desk and search pictures on Pinterest on how to shape my room to my personality. Every day, I have a new idea. A new drawing to put in frames, pictures that I could put on my wall, how I’ll hang my fairy lights, quotes that I could turn into art, etc.

(If you want me to show you some of the things I’ve come up with, I could write a post about it, or share it on my Instagram.)

Of course, I love writing. I haven’t been writing a lot, though. Even though, I think about it every day. I have an idea for a book I’m writing. For months, I’ve been collecting research and notes about my story. I am just not able to settle on one plot line. Every time, I think I’m finally ready to start writing, I get a new idea and change the entire course of my story. I’m currently having a small revolution in my mind about the whole book. I’m curious to see how long it’ll take for me to change it again.

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Lilylikecom is a youtube channel that I’ve discovered a couple of months back. Lilia is one of the most inspirational people I ‘know’. She has a blog (about fashion, philosophy, her personal life, and other), a stationery line, she studies law and philosophy, and recently announced she will be writing for an online magazine called MissIndependentMag. Lilia is my alter ego at the moment. She shares so much inspiring moments in her life a seventeen-year-old university-student like me can learn a lot from. She has a mindset to go after the things she wants. To me, she is one of the most fierce Girlbosses I know.

Here is the link to her YouTube channel.

In general, it’s being independent that makes me happy. I don’t want to depend on many people, in the way that if I lose them, I would realise that I can’t do anything myself. Searching a rich husband is not on my bucket list. 😉 The reward of hard work is worth so much more to me.


When Calls the Heart

This Netflix show is so wonderful and cute. I was searching for something lighthearted to match my mood, and this show fits it perfectly. It could come off a little cheesy sometimes, but that just makes it all the more fun. I also get a small Christmassy vibe from it. It’s not too early to talk about Christmas, is it?


Crime and detective series

I’ve mentioned before that I’m really into crime. I get really happy when I’m able to explore that interest. Sometimes I feel bad for enjoying Netflix so much, but it’s not as superficial as other people might think. You can learn a great deal from watching movies and series. They explore human interaction and their place in different worlds and situations. I am fascinated with the diversity in film. It does not solely exist to entertain ‘brain-dead’ people.

I also love documentaries. At the moment, I’ve been watching crime and psychological docu’s, but also historical ones. Ones where they talk about the ancient castles and its secrets. I’ll list a few of my favourites, right here:

  • The Bletchley Circle
  • How to get away with Murder
  • Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries
  • My Friend Rockefeller (docu)
  • Real Detective (docu)
  • Nurses who kill (docu)
  • Secrets of Underground London (docu)
  • Secrets of Great British Castle (docu)
  • Secrets of Scotland Yard (docu)
  • Secrets of the Tower of London (docu)
  • Secrets of Westminster (docu)

The Library 

This is probably the most obvious item on the list. It’s still worth mentioning. It does not matter how small the library is, when I’m surrounded by books, I’m happy. Being surrounded by thousands of stories, written by thousands of people, it feels almost surreal. These were all people who share my interest in writing (and probably reading as well). I love to spy on people I spot looking at books. That brings me to my next point.

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Cities

I’m going to a university in Ghent in a few days, one of the most beautiful cities in Belgium. I’m attending a Spanish course in Ghent to have some knowledge of the language before I study it for real. People have told me that the university moves very fast on teaching the language. It might be difficult for a lot of people to follow. And since they offered a summer course, I decided to take it. That way I’m already familiar with the language. Although, I do have to wake up at 06.30…

The days I’ve been in Ghent, my eyes have been opened. I have visited this city numerous times, but I never really noticed its ‘personality’. I come from a small village, so it is quite new to me. The traffic, the people, the culture, etc. And since this made the list of things that make me happy, you might guess that I really like it so far. I’ve met a lot of great people. It’s refreshing. I feel like I’ve grown already in the two weeks I’ve been going to this course. I can’t call myself a simple village girl anymore. The city is really beginning to grow on me.


Music

Music has always been an important part of my life. When I’m happy, I play music. When I’m sad or angry, I play music. When I’m not sure about how I’m feeling, I play music. It’s always been the best way of dealing with my thoughts and feelings. That, and my journal. It calms me, it empowers me, and it makes me happy.

Do you recognize that mini-heart attack you get when you realise you’ve forgotten your earphones when you go out?

Here is a list of some of my all time favourite songs:

  • Bad at Love – Halsey
  • Dusk till Dawn – Zayn ft. Sia
  • Justify – The Rasmus
  • Brother – NeedtoBreathe
  • 7 Devils – Florence and the Machine
  • La Valse d’Amélie – Yann Tiersen
  • Habibi – Tamino
  • Where’s my Love – Syml
  • Soundtrack Schindler’s List – John Williams

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Kindness and solidarity

I’ve always been an optimist. I don’t think people aren’t able to change, that the world is dark and evil, that humanity isn’t within everyone. I’m not religious, but I believe in people. Kindness is contagious. I’ve seen it many times. I try to do at least one kind thing to someone else every day. Little tip: smiling to a stranger you pass on the street has more effect than you might think.

Those are the main things that are my source of happiness at the moment. I’m sure I’ll be able to make another one of these. These are the things that I can think of at the moment. Of course, there are more than 7 things that make me happy.

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To be truly happy, you have to be happy with yourself first. I’ve been inspired by a lot of fabulous women, my family, and myself.

Being true to yourself is essential. Don’t surround yourself with bad thoughts, or people who don’t mean well. After a while, it’ll be so easy. I would never choose people with whom I couldn’t be myself over being alone. And I can assure you, if you are yourself, you won’t be along for very long. You’ll be able to grow and find yourself along the way.

Don’t forget self-criticism is very important. You are your unfinished project that can always improve. But give yourself some slack, everyone is allowed to make mistakes. They never make you worth less than someone else.

Happiness isn’t in the material things, it is within yourself.

And with that, I say goodnight!

Thank you so much for reading! This is by far the most heartfelt post I’ve ever written. I know it’s quite long, but I hope it brought you some joy.

Liesje

This will change your online-shopping life!

Hello, lovelies!

Do you live outside the United States of America, and frequently love to shop online? Then you can probably relate to this:

You are surfing the web and stumble across a fantastic online shop. You are throwing stuff in your basket, living the good life. Only when you want to check out, you see this dreadful notification: this website does not ship to your country.

Boom. An abrupt stop to your pleasant trip online.

But, there is light at the end of the tunnel!

MyMallBox is an organisation in America that is going to solve all of our international problems. This is how it works:

  1. Sign up and get a free U.S. address with a personal suite number
  2. Buy the products you want and ship them to that address //or// list the products you want on the MyMallBox website and they buy it for you
  3. The products arrive at the warehouse (stored for max 90 days)
  4. You can choose to consolidate everything you purchased in a single box
  5. Select your shipping carrier (such as USPS and DHL), shipping is calculated by the size and weight of your package (you can try it beforehand on their website, duties and taxes may apply, based on your country)
  6. Pay, and you can expect your package at your house soon!

I had a pleasant experience with MyMallBox. The service is excellent. They responded very quickly to my emails and helped me out when I had a question.

The shipping of the products went very smoothly as well. My products were intact, and I didn’t have to wait long for them to arrive at my house.

I would definitely advise you to check them out as well! If you want to try out MyMallBox, you can click here to get $5 for free.

However, I don’t think I will be using this service a lot in the future. Letting products travel from one side of the globe to another is quite damaging to the planet, and I don’t want to buy something from America unless it is something desperately need.

For more information, click here to check out their website.


Thank you so much for reading! Liesje

 

Am I a good blogger?

Hello, everyone!

I have been a blogger for a year and a month. That’s already quite some time! In that time, I realized there is so much more to blogging than simply writing and pushing publish. I’ve come to know so many amazing people. But it’s inevitable to come across some struggles and doubts, too.

The statistics

I know I shouldn’t worry about the statistics but sometimes I can’t help but look at the numbers as success points. (A very wrong thing to do!) It’s just when I see other bloggers get so many followers in a short amount of time, I start to doubt myself. Also very wrong!

So if you ever have those same dreadful thoughts, think about why you started blogging in the first place. Don’t obsess over traffic or other data. It’s nothing compared to the benefits of having a blog. And it says nothing about how amazing you are as a blogger.

Blogging slumps

What’s most important is to enjoy blogging. That speaks for itself, but it’s not always that easy.  When you are dealing with a blogging slump, it’s important to know that it’s all in your hands. It’s not abnormal to skip a day or take a week off.

If you don’t want to do that, I have some tips to get out of a blogging slump. If you’d like to know them, let me know in the comment!

Do I matter?

We’ve all had those appalling thoughts like ‘Do they even like what I write?’, ‘I feel like everything has already been said before.’ or ‘Is it really worth it?’.

Blogging is hard work, and those questions, unfortunately, come with the package. Just continue writing those post. Don’t give up. After a while, you’ll realize how much you wouldn’t want to miss all this.

If you ever want to talk to me about anything, you can alway send me a message. I would love to help out or simply talk.

I’m out of ideas

You can’t force inspiration to come. Luckily, the moment of being creatively numb is easy to overcome. When I don’t know what to write about I tend to do these things:

  • look up weekly/ monthly blogging meme’s
  • browse trough Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram
  • watch some booktube

Something I discovered as a blogger is that a notebook is a must! I write my thoughts about books in it (great for reviewing afterward). When you have an idea/ thought/ dream, you can write it in that notebook immediately. No more risk of forgetting it! And when you have a moment you are out of ideas, you open your journal, and all will be alright.

To end on a positive note, here are some reasons why I love blogging!

  • The people! Everyone is incredibly kind and supportive. You guys always have a way to make me feel better, whatever mood I’m in.
  • Seeing other bloggers grow. I love seeing other bloggers grow and be successful in life. It’s inspiring to see them being passionate and being rewarded for it at the same time.
  • Layout. I love love love to work on the design of my blog. Choosing the fonts, making the header, searching for gifs, etc.
  • It opens up a new world. When I started blogging, I never could’ve imagined how big the book community actually is. I discovered booktube, passionate fandoms, new books, and authors. Can you imagine what was going on in my mind at that moment? I was as happy as these adorable penguins!

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  • It’s a great writing exercise. I love writing and thanks to blogging I have a way to practice it in a fun way. I know my English isn’t perfect, but reading other people’s blog and blogging myself has really helped me.

Thank you so much for reading!liesje

 

My Dream Book Panels!

Hello everybody!

As a book-lover and aspiring writer, I often wish I could simply talk to authors (or even fictional characters). Some of these people are very talented or have such an interesting life, I would do almost anything to get a chance to meet them. 

Not so long ago, Eventbrite inspired me to write about my dream book panels. I thought this was a wonderful idea and started brainstorming right away. Finally, I’ve succeeded to gather my favorite authors (and other people) on panels of my favorite genres. If this would be real life, I would be super excited. Unfortunately, some of the authors have passed away. But right now, in this dream event, we are going to forget about real life.

The event is now open for visitors!


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Stephen King
Sasha Alsberg
J.K.Rowling

There are so many authors I would want to get writing advice from, but these three came up in my head almost immediately. Stephen King is known for writing very good fiction novels. He would give non-sugarcoated writing advice and I learn best from that kind of advice, even though it’s the hardest kind to accept.

Sasha Alsberg has been a big inspiration to me since I discovered her on booktube. I fell in love with books because of her enthusiasm. No, I became obsessed with books. Thanks a lot for that, Sasha! Now she has written her own book and that makes me so happy!

J.K.Rowling was my third and most obvious choice. Her books are insanely original and have become classics in no time. It would be insane not to include her on this panel.


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Dan Brown
Libba Bray
A.C.Doyle

I am obsessed with the way Dan Brown writes mystery novels. I am so impressed by the originality of his books.

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I haven’t read Libba Bray’s books yet, but I wanted to include her on this panel either way. I am very interested in the twenties and would love to write a story set in that time. Her novel The Diviners is set in that timespan. I would love to ask her how she researched certain things and such. I am trying to read The Diviners very soon!

And lastly, the master of mystery, sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The mystery panel wouldn’t be complete without him. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes are timeless classics. He is one of my biggest idols.


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Jane Austen
Shakespeare
Morgan Matson

For this panel, I’ve traveled back in time. Jane Austen and Shakespeare are two of the most famous authors on this planet. I thought it appropriate to include them. They lived in such an interesting time and only for that I would want to speak with them. But of course, I want to ask them about their writing experience. How they came up with their ideas. How their families and friends reacted on their works, and so on. But I’d probably be way too scared and intimidated to even go up to them.

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I would also love to hear by what Morgan Matson was inspired to write her books. They have really made me happy when I was feeling down. I admire her for that a lot.


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Morgan Rhodes
J.R.R Tolkien
Maria V. Snyder

These three have written some of my favorite books. I really enjoyed the Falling Kingdom series by Morgan Rhodes so far.

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s books I haven’t read, but I did see the movies of Lord of the Rings. I know, it isn’t right. But at that time, my English wasn’t yet good enough to read that type of book. I was amazed by how grand this story is. How he came up with the world, characters and everything else is simply unique.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Maria V. Snyders book and I would love to hear her talk about fantasy novels.


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Sherlock Holmes
Katniss Everdeen
Will Herondale

Okay, this choice was a hard one. Letting only three fictional characters come to life was the most difficult decision of my life. And it’s not even real. Sadly. I choose Sherlock Holmes because of his geniality. I always try to solve his cases with him, but I never have a clue to who actually committed the murder. He does, of course.

I choose Katniss Everdeen to be on this panel too because she is badass. I would love to hear her take on this society and be inspired by her strength. How cool would it be to be at her side?

And of course, the thirds person to be on this panel had to be a personal one. Will Herondale simply has to come so he can be my boyfriend. It’s that easy.


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This post was so much fun to make! I got totally swept away in my imagination. Would you want to go to this book event?

Thanks very much for reading! Talk to you soon! liesje

12 thoughts every book lover has had at least once

Hello, hello, fellow book lovers!

Books are awesome. No need for me to tell you that. They are that kind of sorcery that can make you feel either empowered or completely empty inside. Little assassins, that is what they are. As book lovers, we have a lot of mixed emotions. Here are twelve thoughts every book lover has had at least once in their life.

1. Which bag can perfectly fit a book (or two)?

I always want/need to bring books with me when I go out. What if my train is delayed or my friend is late? I can’t just sit there when I could spend that time reading?

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2. Plans canceled? Oh well… That’s PERFECT

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3. Work – studying – socialization. When do I get to read?

All this responsibility makes me want to hide in a corner and read a book.

4. When you spilled food or drinks on your book

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5. Your favorite character dies and no one is there to comfort you

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6. Recommending your favorite books to someone

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7. Book browsing through the shop

This is both a blessing and a struggle. If only I had all the money in the world…

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8. Which books do I bring on this trip? And how many?

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9. My tbr pile is so big! *orders five more books*

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10. When people have seen the movie but haven’t read the book

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11. Sleep or books?

There is no time for sleep.

12. When you’ve found the perfect book

There is nothing more beautiful than realizing you have discovered a jewel of a book. Relatable characters, gorgeous writing, a captivating world…

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Thank you so much for reading! liesje

My Summer Reading Plans 2016

I can’t believe it’s almost summer! The time is going so fast, we’re already halfway 2016! The only thing standing between me and my very much desired holiday are finals. They start this Monday and end Thursday the 23rd of June. So in those two weeks it will be a bit harder to read, but I’m still going to try. To get myself in the summer spirit nonetheless I’m going to sum up all the books I really want to read this summer. I’m going camping in France for three weeks with my family, so I’ll be getting a lot of reading done there. In August I’m going to work in an amusement park, but the trip back and forth on the train is quite long, so I’ll have a lot of time to read there too. If you’re ever in Belgium in August, go to Plopsaland and come find me! 🙂

Now let’s go on to the most exciting part, the books!


Heir of Fire & Queen of Shadows | Sarah J Maas

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I’m so excited to read these books! I liked the first and second book of the Throne of Glass series very much. But I actually don’t know why I haven’t read these two yet. I did start Heir of Fire, but for some reason I haven’t got to finish it. Good thing it’s almost summer!


A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J Maas

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I’ll be having a little Sarah J Maas party this summer, apparently. Not that I mind, though! A Court of Thorns and Roses is one of my favorite books and I’ve only heard good things about the second book. Although it does intimidate me a little, it’s a lot longer than the first one and things are probably going to go down, I’m really looking forward to experience it all!


Falling Kingdoms & Rebel Spring & Gathering Darkness | Morgan Rhodes

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I’ve been wanting to pick these books up in forever! I love the premise of the story and I really really can’t wait to join the fandom.  The covers are also hands down gorgeous!


The Raven Boys | Magie Stiefvater

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This is also a series that has a lot of hype around it, and I long to know what it is all about. It’s also a beautiful item in my book collection. Authors and publishers really know how to design a beautiful book cover. (At least some of them 😉 )


Glass Sword | Victoria Aveyard

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I started reading this book not so long ago, but I do not really know why I didn’t continue reading it, but all I know is that I’m still excited to read it.


Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo

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This is one of the books I purchased in May and I am thrilled to start reading it! (I have the feeling I’m repeating myself today) I’ve heard great things not only about Six of Crows, but also her other series, The Grisha trilogy. I haven’t read those books also, but I certainly plan on picking them up sometime in the future. Who knows if I can find some free time this summer?


Since You’ve Been Gone | Morgan Matson

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I’ve had this book for almost a year now and I can’t believe that I haven’t read it yet! It had a lot of hype when it came out, but me – the one who is always behind on everything – still needs to read it. I’m putting it on my reading list for this summer and I’m looking forward to reading this book at the beach. Ah, why isn’t it summer already?


Outlander | Diana Gabaldon

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Phew, big intimidating one here. I watched the first two episodes of the show and I loved it! But I’m holding myself back to continue watching it, because I haven’t read the book yet. It’s humongous, with a total of 896 pages, but I have two months to give it a try!


What are you doing this summer? And if you have any more suggestions I’d really appreciate it! One can never have too many books, right?

Thank you so much for reading!Liesje

Bookish Pet Peeves

Reading a book is amazing. But there are some little things that can make your life harder as a book-reader. I don’t want to come of whiny or something, but these are some things that have bothered me for some time. Please let me know if you can relate to some things. Enjoy my rambling!

1. Mass market paperbacks. I find mass paperback books very hard to read. They are not floppy – something I really like – nor are they handy to read. The font is very small and I just end up breaking the spine…

2. Broken spine. Having your book damaged is one of the most painful things to go through as a reader. It’s just as annoying as having holes in your stockings, realizing your phone didn’t charge properly overnight or someone chewing with their mouth open. Life is hard, you know?

3. Books numbers not clearly marked. I have read so many spoilers when I picked up books in bookstores, just because I didn’t notice I took a second or third book in a series. And then I get frustrated, because that series really looks interesting, but I’ve been spoiled and can’t read the books, because I don’t have the curiosity I would’ve had when I didn’t know what is going to happen. What a wonderful situation.

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4. Cover changes. I suppose this is one of the most hated things in the book community. And rightfully so, of course. Someone please tell my what the logical explanation is why authors do this? Sometimes the cover can come out more beautifully, but most of the time it just makes your bookshelf look like a mess.

5. Speed reading. Guilty. I do this a lot. I don’t always find a lot of time to read. But when I do, I sometimes read like I’m in a hurry, whilst I’m not. I skip reading the descriptive part of the scene and just reading the dialogue. It’s really bad, and I don’t like that I do it that often. I promise you I’m working on it.

6. Someone reading over your shoulder. I can’t concentrate with the feeling someone is reading with me. I get it, you like to read, totally normal. But I just can’t focus on the story, because all I can think about is the sound of you breathing in my ear and maybe judging me for what I’m reading if you’re not a book reader. PS: I’m judging you if you aren’t. 🙂

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7. Predictable story lines. I hate it when you are like half way (or less) into a book and you already know what’s going to happen. You know that character is going to die, or that she’ll eventually is going to get the boy, etc. As a reader I want to be surprised, shocked and broken all at the same time when I’ve finished the book. If an author can do that, I love him/her so much for that!

8. The main character getting al the credit without actually doing anything. Sometimes the main character is a little too much in the spotlights. It can get a little annoying when all the other characters are just spontaneously loving that character and thinking she is hot, etc. I appreciate the characters more when they really work for it, and deserve their credit they’re getting. It makes me love the character and the book a lot more.

9. Fast romances, love triangles. This just gives me chills. Love at first sight in books doesn’t work for me. The romance is far more beautiful if the author makes the readers want the characters being together for a while. That desire is going to make for an epic romance. Love triangles just stresses me out. Usually I don’t even know which guy the character needs to be with. Yes that one is sweet, hot and caring, but the other one is just irresistible and dangerous. It’s going to give me grey hair.

10. Bad boys with a tragic past. This is a common trend I’ve seen in books way to often. It can be appealing, but sometimes I just want the villain to be simply evil. Make me hate the character, not feeling sorry for him.

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11. Wrongly dealing with emotions. Sometimes in books when a character is in a bad place, I am not able to connect with the person’s thoughts or feelings, just because they aren’t described realistically. It can be described too much and the character can be seen as whiny, or too little and then he can be seen as heartless. But it doesn’t come around that often, usually the authors do a pretty good job.

12. Characters being too insecure, not accepting compliments. Insecure teenage girls are a stereotype that comes around way too often in books. They don’t think they are worth it, they don’t feel beautiful, etc. This can be a good thing, when the character undergoes character development,  but there are times where the main character is acting like a brat. And I really don’t like that.

13. Characters who do not pee. This is jut a small remark. I think it would make the story so much more believable and realistic if the characters would go through the average life struggles. I have never read a book where the girls had their period also, but it is probably hard to add into the story, so I can understand why we don’t really read about this often. And needing to go to the toilet is a daily thing everyone needs to go trough. It doesn’t need to be written about in every chapter, but only once is already enough. It makes the story in general more naturalistic (even if it’s a high fantasy). Maybe this is a weird one, but I just had to study for a biology test and the thought just came up whilst I was reading. I’m sorry 🙂

14. Miscommunication leading to fights. Most of the times fights in books and movies are happening because people don’t talk to each other. They always think it’s better if the other one does not know, but they do end up knowing and screwing the whole plan up. And then I’m sitting here and thinking that if they just told him/her what was going on, all this drama could be avoided.

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Does anyone share these thoughts I have? I would love to know!

Thank you so much for reading!Liesje

Top 10 Movie Soundtracks

I love movie soundtracks, they add so much emotion to the story so it can cause goosebumps on my skin. Here are some examples of soundtracks I really enjoyed.


1. Man on Fire1

Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Cast: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell
Music composed by: Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams
Song: The End – Lisa Gerard

Trailer: Man On Mire (2004)


2. The Hobbit | The Desolation of Smaughobbit-desolation-of-smaug-luke-evans-bard

Genre: High Fantasy
Cast: Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom
Music composed by: Howard Shore
Song: Beyond the Forest

Trailer: The Hobbit | The Desolation Of The Smaug


3. Pirates of The Caribbeanpirates-of-the-caribbean-1-the-curse-of-the-black-pearl.12323

Genre: Fantasy, Action
Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally, Orlando Bloom, Kei
ra Knightley
Music composed by: Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt
Song: Theme Song

Trailer: Pirates of The Caribbean | The Curse of The Black Pearl


4. InceptionInception-movie-poster

Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Mystery
Cast: Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Joseph Cordon Levitt, Marion Cotillard
Music composed by: Hans Zimmer
Song: Time

Trailer: Inception (2010)


5. AmélieAmelie_poster

Genre: Romance, Drama
Cast: Audrey Tautou, Matthieu Kassovitz, Yolande Moreau, Dominique Pinon, Jamel Debbouze
Music composed by: Yann Tiersen
Song: La Valse D’Amelie

Trailer: Amélie (2001)


6. The GladiatorGladiator_ver1 (1)

Genre: Historical Drama, Action, Adventure
Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris
Music composed by: Hans Zimmer
Song: Now We Are Free

Trailer: Gladiator (2014)


7. DivergentDivergent

Genre: Science Fiction
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney
Music sung by: Ellie Goulding
SongBeating Heart

Trailer: Divergent (2014) 


8. Jurassic Parkjurassic-park-movie-poster-1992-1020141477

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller
Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Ariana Rihards
Music composed by: John Williams
Song: Welcome To Jurassic Park

Trailer: Jurassic Park (1993)


9. Transformers | The ScoreTransformers07

Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Cast: Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Peter Cullen, Rachael Taylor, Josh Duhamel
Music composed by: Steve Jablonsky
Song: Arrival to Earth

Trailer: Transfomers (2007)


10. Avatar4154691413_a695e033a8_o

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure
Cast: Zoe Saldana, Michelle Rodriguez, Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang
Music composed by: James Horner
Song: Becoming One Of The People

Trailer: Avatar (2009)


Heart of Courage | Two Steps From Hell

Music composed by: Two Steps from Hell
Song: Heart of Courage


Thank you for reading!

Have a great day Liesje